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Migrating Religions

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
C10
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1070
Level
Master level

When people move, their gods move with them. In this course you will discover how the transition of religious groups from one location to another changed history. By investigating case-studies from the ancient world up to the early modern period, you will learn about the socio-political aspects of religions in transit, focusing on the cultural impact these migrations had on the world as we know it. We will travel across continents and empires, exploring the Greek influence on Egypt, the Christian transformation of Rome, the Islamic revival of Iberia and the Catholic blend with the indigenous religions of the Americas.

When people move, their gods move with them. In this course you will discover how the transition of religious groups from one location to another changed history.

By investigating case-studies from the ancient world up to the early modern period, you will learn about the political, economic, and social aspects of religions in transit, but also, not less importantly, about the cultural and artistic impact these migrations had on the world as we know it. Some of the questions we will explore are: Which gods were born when the Greeks colonized Egypt? How could a minor religious group (later known as Christianity) change the faith of the Roman Empire? How did the Islamic migration to Iberia create some amazing assets of European civilization? What have the Crusaders brought to the Middle East, and what have they taken back to Europe? How has Catholicism blended with the indigenous religions of the Americas, and which strange saint was born as a result? Lastly, what can these fascinating histories teach us about the changing world we experience today?

The course will include two excursions:
1. a day-long excursion to the impressive National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.
2. an afternoon excursion to the Catharijneconvent Museum of Christian Religious Art in Utrecht.

Tags: migration, history, religion, greek, roman, egypt, christianity, islam, crusader, latin america

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COURSE LEADER

Ortal-Paz Saar

TARGET GROUP

The course is meant for Advanced Bachelor and Master students, with an interest in one of the following: history (particularly, but not only, ancient history, medieval history and political history), art history, religious studies and theology. Additionally, students of political sciences and international relations will find the historical overview of migration provided by this course highly relevant to their own contemporary queries.

COURSE AIM

The course aims to introduce students to the phenomenon of migration from a religious and cultural perspective. The main question to be explored is: what happens when one religious group migrates to a new geographical region?

STUDY LOAD

Contact hours per day: 4
Contact hours per week: 20
Total contact hours per course (incl. 2 excursions): 46

Total self-study hours per day: 4 hours
Total self-study hours per week: 20 hours

In addition the course will include two excursions:
1. An excursion to the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden on Saturday of the 1st week: 4 (net) contact hours, not including travel time.
2. A short excursion to the Catharijneconvent Museum in Utrecht during the afternoon of a weekday in the 2nd week: 2 (net) contact hours.

Daily program:
09:30-11:30 first class
11:30-12:30 break
12:30-14:30 second class

Afternoon and evening hours: self-study

FEE

• € 1070 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 720 - Course + course materials

DISCOUNTS AND COMBINATIONS
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SCHOLARSHIPS

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

MORE INFORMATION

Ortal-Paz Saar
P: +31 (0)30-2533845 (office)
E: o.p.saar@uu.nl

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REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration: 31 May 2017

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